Pros and Cons on Kindle and Nook .. All I see is readers using a Kindle?Pros and Cons on Kindle and Nook …All I see is readers using a Kindle? Maria #questionnaire #e-book
I have owned the Kindle, Nook and one other whose name escapes me. I now have a mini iPad with all the ebook apps loaded – this way I can get the best deal for a book regardless of where it is sold. When I travel it also doubles as my access to the internet! Best decision ever.
I’ve had 3 kindles loved all of them but then got introduced to my iPad so I gave my kindle to my kids. Love my iPad over my kindle any day
I had Nooks and did the same thing when I got my iPad!
The Nook is actually a Samsung tablet, and Nook Books are more expensive. BN is in danger of going out of business. I agree on the Ipad Mini, The Kindle Fires are cheap but slow. Amazon and Audible have lots of deals on content. I check both first thing every morning and have collected quite a few.
I can assure you BN is NOT going out of business.
Alicia i was just gonna say that too i mean the sale and stock numbers say it all lol
I have the Kindle Paperwhite (and, prior to that, I had the Kindle with the keyboard). I also have the Kindle app on my ipad mini (and on my phone, but I very rarely read on that, as it’s too small). I have the Kobo app on my ipad as well, because my newspaper subscription includes one free Kobo book per month. I don’t know anything about the Nook.
Pros and cons of any of your devices?
Nancy, to be honest, I have so many unread paperbacks that I rarely use my e-reader. I mainly use it when I go away and want to take a range of reading material. I also use it to buy books that are heavily discounted (through the Daily Deals or Amazon First). When I buy through the Daily Deals, more often than not they are books that interest me but that I wouldn’t go out and buy in paperback form, though sometimes books by my favourite authors are heavily discounted, so I will buy both the Kindle version and the paperback version. I can’t really think of any cons of the Kindle. The backlight is apparently much better for you than reading from an ipad, so I would use that rather than my Kindle app, but I do like seeing book covers in colour on my ipad.
Actually, I should clarify that I use my laptop to buy Kindle books from the Amazon website, but that obviously I use my Kindle to read the books.
@Alison, thanks again 🙂
I had Kindle – liked it. But imo iPad is the ONLY way to go!
But don’t go Nook, in any event. You definitely want Amazon. Better prices, company MUCH more stable, lots of free books, kindle unlimited, etc
Except the battery on the kindle last forever
I had the kindle touch and loved it for what it was. It was just for reading ebooks, no frills.
I now have the amazon fire? Which is their tablet, but I use it mainly for reading. I really enjoyed both.
I had the original nook because I won a contest through my library, but I found THAT ONE, particularly not very user friendly and I can usually catch on fairly quickly. I’m thinking newer ones are probably easier to use.
I love my Kindle. I have the Kindle app on my phone and iPad, but I find the actual Kindle easier to read. Easier on my eyes. My husband used his iPad with the Kindle app and doesn’t seem to have the problem I have. Again, love my Kindle Paperwhite.
I have a kindle paperwhite and love it. I also occasionally use the kindle app on my phone when for some crazy reason I’ve left the house without my reader and find myself waiting somewhere. I prefer to have a reader only device because the internet distracts me. The paperwhite screen is easy on the eyes.
I just use the Kindle app on my phone. It’s always with me, so super convenient. Love it!
I really like my Kindle Fire. I’ve got my Goodreads app on there and it’s very easy to download new books and a lot of free books are available.
I’ve tried both and adore my Kindle. I read 99.5% of everything on it, or my Kindle app.
I had every kindle and my fave I’d paperwhite. I also have a iPad mini that I love….but not for reading. Im a beach girl, mini is no good in sunlight. Back light harsh on eye and eats the battery up too fast.
I was trying to decide what to get also. I would think just a reg tablet or iPad would have a glare.
I had a Nook to begin with. The problem with the Nook I had was that I needed to connect it to my computer, and run the Adobe Digital Editions program to get the ePub file and then move it to my Nook. The Adobe died on me when I moved to Windows 10 and hence I now have a Kindle.
Looking for clarification Davida….. you can download ePub books directly to the Kindle?
@Kay, no. What you have to do with an ePub file is email it to your Kindle address and put only the word “convert” in the subject line of the email. The Kindle will then convert the ePub file into the MOBI format for the Kindle. The same for a PDF, by the way. Mind you, this might end up with some imperfect files, but almost all of them come out readable.
I have both the Paperwhite and the Nook Glowlight Plus. As far as the devices, they are both awesome. I love them equally. However, I definitely use the Kindle far more because I use it in conjunction with Overdrive (the Nook is not an option) and I buy a lot of books off amazon (goodreads daily deals) for .99¢ or $1.99.
Paperwhite is best on eyes and in the sun
Plus, it doesn’t have all the other apps that the tablets have that can disturb you while you read. Also, I only put the WiFi on when I get a new book, so the battery lasts for AGES!
Nook tablets are made with Samsung now. So if you’re a Samsung user you’ll love it. The nook glowlight3 is really awesome for reading outside and at night and overall if you just want a device for reading only. I will never buy a kindle. I will never spend my money to support a company that wants to monopolize the retail world. However, I personally use an iPad for ebooks. Only problem is reading outside is hard with it.
I have a Nook Glowlight that got from my parents for Christmas back in 2013 and it still works and i love tho im due for an upgrade!!
@Sheila the nook glowlight3 just released and its awesome!
Oooh i may have to get that when i upgrade.
Anything new on it or same?!
@Sheila the buttons are back & it has the night time glow light
Oh ok mine has a night time glow light but not as bright as when i first got it.
Where do you get most of your books? A specific book store? The library? I think really depends on who you do and don’t want to support with your $$. For an eReader I’d get a Kindle or Kobo. For a tablet I’d get an iPad mini if it’s just for reading… don’t install the distracting apps and you won’t be distracted ?
I have a nook glow light 2, which I don’t like as much as my old old nook. I read myself to sleep in bed every night and it works better than iPad for that. Have an iPad with kindle app, nook app, and overdrive that I use when I’m more vertical ?
I do worry about Barnes and Noble going out of business and losing the 600 plus books on the nook.
Contrary to the rumors that float around out there BN is not going out of business. But if people want to keep supporting an internet company that wants to monopolize the retail world we will see all bookstores die someday. What a sad world it will be without bookstores.
To that effect, I’ve read recently that while large chain stores are dying out, small bookstores with a more personal touch are thriving.
Not sure how much water there is to that of course. And as far as prices go I have to wonder if it’s going to be the difference between shopping local or going to walmart sort of thing. While I love a personal touch I also love being able to afford books, lol.
I shop my l local bookstore also, but I need to be careful, I live in a 4 room condo with 7 large bookshelves and no room for more!
@Benji I love indie bookstores, clothing boutiques and local businesses in general. I love supporting them and keeping my community a fun and interesting place to be in. You can’t get the experience of living with the people around you by buying from amazon. But I get what you’re saying about affordability. My bn membership gets me great deals all year long so I can get a discount on books.
Ya BN is not closing i mean they are the only big named Bookstore around.
I usually get books from BN but also from Ollies Bargain Outlet stores too
Love my kindle paper white! It serves ONE PURPOSE ONLY, Reading! It’s so portable, great outside or at the beach and basically my favorite device ever!
I have a kindle. Tbh I hardly use it. I use the kindle app on my phone a ton though. I thought i would use my kindle more but. I just forget to charge it most of the time. So…
I have kindle paperwhite which is way, way better than books. Ease of buying books, backlight, changing font sizes, less storage etc… are big plus for kindle.
As an author, I will tell you, it’s 1000x more convenient to publish books on Amazon than B&N, and I think more Indie authors use that platform than Nook. I’ve also noticed books are sometimes cheaper on Amazon than B&N.
Thank you for your suggestions ?
Love my Kindle. I have an old one but it’s still going strong. Will upgrade to a Paperwhite at some point.
I have no dule and nook apps on my Samsung Tablet. Best of both worlds.
I love my Nook. I can use overdrive to get library books and I get free and cheap books through Book bub.
I have used Kindle primarily, but recently have been going to Kobo. I would worry about Nook as it is really hurting BnN
I have a Kindle Paperwhite which is amazing because it’s compact and has no glare!!! I had an iPad mini, but my kid broke the screen. I’m getting a Kindle 10 for Christmas. I would read more on he Kindle Paperwhite because of no glare. IPad Mini was wonderful because it basically was a bigger phone with all my regular apps and still fits in my purse. That was my “I’m only taking one device” device, but i can’t justify purchasing a new iPad. I’ve messed with my husbands Kindle 10 and asked for one for Christmas. I will download the Overdrive app so I can check out ebooks from my library.
When it was time to replace my very old Nook, I switched to a Kindle, but found I hated it and sent it back. I thought it was hard to read. Bought another Nook.
I wouldn’t get either. Both of those are ok for reading books from those sources, but substandard for other purposes — especially library books. You can use any tablet or phone as a reader as long as you can download apps on it. Ebook prices are mostly the same at all vendors. I read ebooks on my iPad mini using ibooks, google books, and the kindle app, but mostly use the Libby app to get ebooks from the library.
My library books go straight to my kindle absolutely no problem. Love the paperwhite.
Many of our patrons who use Amazon a lot are comfortable with the paperwhite. It is a problem for people who don’t want to send the books through their Amazon account. Many of them also don’t know how to return or delete expired books.
Don’t they just go away?
You can check in the content and devices area of your Amazon account. You have options for each book you have borrowed there.
It’s good to return a book when you are done with it, rather than waiting for it to expire. That way the next person can get it sooner.
I do that, but my response was more to your last sentence about patrons not knowing what to do.
May find the glare to be an issue on an iPad. I do.
I have a nook. I have both, kindle & nook apps on my tablet. I just gravitate towards the nook more.
Depends if you want something just for reading books, in which case I agree with those who say the paperwhite is best. I refuse to shop at B & N as they charge more for books when you shop in their stores than if you but it online – and I mean the actual book. Don’t know if they still do that because I’ve not been back.
All corporate owned book retailers are required to sell at the PUBLISHERS price. There are contracts that have to be followed. It’s not as simple as one might think. Do you know how much an author actually makes off the physical copy of a book?It’s not much. I was talking to an author last Saturday. His books costs $15.95 in paperback. He makes about $2 per book. There’s a cost into creating the book and getting onto a shelf. There’s so much more that goes into the business model of running a bookstore and the publishers and authors that stock those books on the shelves. However if you have a BN membership you get discounts galore!!!!! And free express shipping from the online site.
Here’s another great reason to shop at BN. Every store chooses a local charity to donate books to in their community. The books being donated in our area are going to children in foster care, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters.
@Alicia that’s all fine. My objection was to different prices for the exact same item. And I’m talking 25%.
@Penelope get a membership. You’ll get plenty of discounts on all items except gift cards.
Alicia Gebert will stick with Amazon ? I now live 40 miles from B & N instead of 4!
Penelope Longley Riley to each their own I guess. ? but you can still get online prices from http://bn.com/ and free express shipping with a membership.
It’s a lot cheaper to sell from a warehouse than a store, that’s why books are less expensive on line.
Like Susan said, there are a lot fewer overhead costs for an online store than a physical store. I work for a bookstore and really the benefit to going to the store is to have personal interaction and to get the book right then. Not the same with ebooks but for a physical one.
I have a Kindle Paperwhite and love it! I was an early adopter of Kindle, and I got my first Kindle years ago before Nook existed. Once my Kindle library was started, I didn’t see the point in switching.
I’ve heard of Nook but don’t know anything about it. I had a Kindle with a keyboard at first then when it died I just got the cheapest basic one as I only use it for reading. I still enjoy reading books but find my Kindle so convenient.
I started with a Nook years ago because the Kindle didn’t work with library checkouts. Now the Kindle works as well, but I’m used to the Nook. I have the Kindle app on my Nook and I have checked out a few books through that app. I think Nook checkouts are a little bit easier, but it might be just what you are used to.
I started with a Nook but now I have an ipad mini and a Nook app, Kindle app and Apple Books app. I use the Kindle app the most. My library offers e-lending with Kindle.
I have a kobo, still manage to get all my books onto it.
I’ve had a nook and I liked it but Amazon is much more user friendly than the B&N site so over time I went and stayed with my Kindle. Have a 7″ and a 10″ fire.. love them both.
I used to use the Nook app on an old iPad of my brother’s, but I agree that Amazon is a lot more user-friendly; I got a Kindle Paperwhite 4.5 years ago and love it. Plus with Amazon prices tend to be a little better, I get one free early release e-book a month as a Prime member, and I earn points back when I purchase books. As a former B&N employee it was hard to switch my allegiance, but I honestly have not looked back. The Paperwhite is one of the best investments you’ll make, especially if you travel often.
If I want to read when out during the day and only have a short time to read like at the doctors office I like the kindle app. It’s on my phone and iPad so it syncs to my current page on either device which is nice. If I have a longer amount of time to read I like a real book. They say we should turn off all electronic devices an hour before bed which I try to do to sleep better. It seems to work.
I love my nook, the Samsung one
I love my Kobo, just perfect for me 🙂
I bought a Nook tab e 9.6 inch screen last year. I’ve been very happy with it- got a good discount with my BN membership. I debated it versus the Kindle, but I went with the Nook because it’s an Android based tablet, so I can use it with more and better apps as a tablet than what I heard about kindle and it’s limited apps. My Nook table also came with Microsoft office included and a 132mb extra card slot, and I still run my Kindle and overdrive (library) apps off of the nook-still buy kindle books too, so I can read from all 3 places. I live a mile from a large Barnes and Noble, and you can read most books for 1 hour free anytime your nook is within any BN WiFi, so that was appealing and I use that when I go to their Cafe. It has actually let me read for more than an hour. I sometimes have covered a half a book or more in a few visits to the cafe without buying them. It gives you more of an overview than the samples if you’re trying to decide whether to buy.
I love my Kindle – I have 3 of them. I have Amazon prime so I like the fact I can also stream AMazon prime video.
I have both. For me the Nook is a bit more user friendly but I use both. Also have both apps on my other devices and love that I can read on any device I happen to have with me.
I had a Nook years ago. It was my first ereader and I loved it. It finally broke after serving me well for several years and I bought a Kindle Paperwhite last year. I like it a lot. I don’t use reading apps on my phone or a regular tablet because I can’t stand reading on a regular screen. The Paperwhite has a glare deee screen and lights up at night so I can read anywhere, anytime. I decided to go with a Kindle this time because Amazon offers a lot of deals on ebooks, because of Kindle Unlimited which I use a lot, and because of the reviews. I use it constantly and am happy I purchased it.
I’m on my 3rd nook. Love it.
I use a smart phone… kindle won’t work with NZ libraries ebooks. (purely a contractual thing I believe)
I’m on my 3rd Nook. My husband has a Kindle fire. I read more books on my Nook than he does on his Kindle but he like real books better. I think either one is good. If you get a tablet form you can do both apps and have the best of both worlds. I also read on my phone with the nook app.
I have both a Kindle and a Galaxy. I like the galaxy for when I am the passenger while in the car or plane as it has multiple functions other than reading, but the Kindle all the way for bright sunlight situation, such as the beach or reading in the pool while floating, (protected in dry bag of course). I do not know much about the Nook.
I have the basic nook which is not a Samsung. It’s only about $79. I love it. It’s very low tech and there is access to everything that is at Barnes and noble. I’ve tried a kindle and although they have a lot of low or no cost books, Barnes and noble has a better selection of newer and just out there books.
If you are going to use the library and overdrive then Kindle is better. I have the Kindle Paperwhite and love it. NO GLARE?
Nook and its far easier to load with free books. Project Gutenburg, Library of Congress.Kindle can take away whatever books they want at any time that you purchased from Amazon.. Nook uses epubs, Kindle uses .mobi and yet both can use PDF’s
I’ve never heard of Kindle taking away books that were bought. I’ve had mine on there for 10+ years. Nook can do the same for any that are borrowed, etc.
Me too! I have had my Kindle for years and never had one taken away. It also updates any book in you collection when one comes out.
I love my Kindle Paperwhite!
I have a Nook and love it.
I’ve used both but prefer Kindle. You can jailbreak a Nook and use a Kindle app on a Nook tablet but I find it easier to use the Kindle.
I use an iPad with kindle, nook and Overdrive apps.
Regular kindle bc I like to read outside and an iPad or a Kindle Fire (tablet) is not good for reading in the Sun
Thank you everyone !!
There the same thing so I like kindle, I use it on my iPad, and I just prefer the kindle store
Yep, iPad w/ both.
I have a kindle paperwhite and I’m obsessed with it. I was just using the kindle app on my phone but the blue light give me a migraine
I use my iPad mini when I use ebooks but prefer books